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Intermediate Level 1 (What is it?)

1. 天涯原咫尺,到处可逢君。World is but a little place, after all.
Explanation: It is used when a person meets someone he knows or is in someway connected with him in a place where he would never have expected to do so.
Example: (在火车上,你突然遇到一个同公司但不同部门的同事,你说) 怎么你也出差去深圳吗?真是天涯原咫尺,到处可逢君哪。

2. 入乡随俗 When in Rome, do as the Romans do.
Explanation: Conform to the manners and customs of those amongst whom you live.
Example: 到了法国就要吃西餐,这就叫入乡随俗

3. 失之东隅,收之桑榆 What you lose on the swings you get back on the roundabouts.
Explanation: A rough way of starting a law of average; if you have bad luck on one day you have good on another; if one venture results in loss try a fresh one---it may succeed.
Example: 失之东隅,收之桑榆,我们都知道盲人的听觉、触觉都特别发达。这是为什么?原因在于盲人丧失视觉后,生存的需要促使其它感官...实现心理平衡,这被称为“补偿”

4.知足者常乐 What are the odds so long as you are happy.
Explanation: What does anything else matter if a person is happy.
Example: 知足者常乐! 我有一双手,我能工作,知足了。 我有一双脚,我能走路,知足了。 我有一双眼,我可以看到这...

5.有眼不识泰山 Entertain an angel unawares.
Explanation: To receive a great personage as a guest without knowing his merits.
Example: 他有眼不识泰山,真是一个见识短浅的人。

6. 是人皆有出头日 Every dog has his day.
Explanation: Fortune comes to each in turn.
Example: 别瞧不起人,是人皆有出头日。等我成功的时候,准让你后悔今天的话

7.王婆卖瓜,自卖自夸 Every potter praises his own pot.
Explanation: people are loath to refer to defects in their possessions or their family members
Example: 买房有价,装修无价,个中情况,自行斟酌,也不要听我‘王婆卖瓜,自卖自夸’,也不要自己‘一厢情愿,不管其他’,只有货比三家,才是为佳!!!

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